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Entertainment News Archive - February 26, 2006

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With only a week to go before the Academy Awards, the Oscar-nominated film "Crash" was named best picture by the NAACP at its 37th annual Image Awards on Saturday.

By Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood is turning all eyes on its own brand of gold medal -- Oscar gold -- with more questions than answers about likely winners in the week leading up to the world's top film awards.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Playwright Tyler Perry, who turned his crazy-granny "Madea" character into a lucrative cottage industry, returned to the top of the box office on Sunday, exactly one year after stunning the industry with a No. 1 bow for his first film.

LONDON (Reuters) - Queen of pop Madonna stormed to the head of the singles charts on Sunday, registering her 12th British number one. Madonna's "Sorry" debuted in the top spot matching the success of her previous release "Hung Up," the Official UK Charts Company said.

By Helen Popper ORURO, Bolivia (Reuters) - Every year Carnival is rowdy in the Bolivian city of Oruro, and every year the president is guest of honor. But never before have they been pelted with water bombs and sprayed with foam like President Evo Morales.

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer George Michael was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of possessing drugs after he was found slumped in a car in central London, a police source said.

By Katie Hasty NEW YORK (Billboard) - Neko Case will release her first studio album in almost four years next month, but the indie roots rocker has hardly been absent from the scene in that time.

By Jonathan Cohen NEW YORK (Billboard) - The surviving members of grunge rock band Alice In Chains are hitting the road this summer for the first time since frontman Layne Staley's death from a drug overdose in 2002. With Staley, Alice In Chains' last tour was in 1996.

LONDON (Reuters) - Three teenagers who played the title role in "Billy Elliot -- The Musical" shared a top acting prize at Britain's premier theater awards on Sunday, beating film star Ewan McGregor.

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer George Michael was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of possessing drugs after he was found slumped in a car in central London, a police source said.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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